Parishes and schools across the Diocese of Hallam support some of the poorest communities around the world, whose lives have been affected by climate change.
This year CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day fell on Friday 27 February, and focussed on people who have been affected by the changing climate, which is increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. CAFOD supporters are also invited to participate in Lent reflections, to reflect and pray about how our lifestyles are linked to our God given environment and takes steps to change and take action together to prevent the adverse effects of climate change.
As Catholics, the issue of climate change goes to the heart of our faith. The idea that Creation is good is rooted in the first book of Genesis, with humanity being given a special place and responsibility within that Creation because we are made in the image of God. Creation is a gift to us and the rest of the created world but we are also a part of Creation, not above or separate to it.
We can act individually, but when it comes to climate change it is collective action that is going to make the big difference. The Catholic tradition of solidarity shows us that we are experienced in knowing something about what such collective action might mean.
Catholic sensitivity to the common good should, therefore, put the tradition to work in a way that can genuinely make a real difference to the way the world is and the shape of our world to come.
Indeed the lives of millions of people, as well as the lives of future generations to come and a myriad of other creatures depend on our positive and active yes to the demands laid on us. It is not too late to act now!
CAFOD is working with communities in countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America when natural disasters strike, and supports people to rebuild their lives.
And working with affected communities to put measures in place to lessen the impact the next time an emergency hits – such as a typhoon in the Philippines or a cyclone in Myanmar.
The agency believes that climate change, which scientist’s state with 95% certainty is being driven by human activity, is the biggest threat to tackling poverty worldwide.
Pictured above are U Than Win and his family who were affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
Please join us to take action together. The good news is that this Lent, every pound donated to the Lent Fast Day appeal by Sunday, 17 May will be matched by the UK Government, up to the value of £3.5 million!
For more information about Lent Fast Day or how to get involved in climate action, visit cafod.org.uk/lent or telephone Angela and Anne at the CAFOD office in Hallam, 0114 2687817.